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a deadly fire at a psychiatric hospital outside moscow kills thirty eight people leaving only three survivors just a moment a report from the sea. the u.s. says it suspects with quote various degrees of confidence the syrian government has used chemical weapons now they join the allegations citing limited growing at. the joint rebel groups in syria i mean they pose a serious threat when they come back.
thank you for joining us today here on. with your worldwide news a massive fire tore through a psychiatric hospital in the moscow region killing all but three people inside thirty eight bodies unfound off the rescue operations wrapped up in the blaze engulfed. reportedly erupted in providing special treatment to patients. at the same. investigators are combing through the remains of that psychiatric hospital here in the village of ski about sixty kilometers away from moscow and they're trying to find what on earth actually happened in the early hours of this morning in fire broke out in the building and swept through it killing thirty eight people the fire started around two am say locals in the village and it spread quickly lots of people not being able to make it out in time but when the
emergency services arrived after an hour it was already too late to save those a side three did escape a nurse who stumbled through the smoke and grab someone on her way out one of the patients and another patient who did manage to escape without her help there are contradictory accounts as to what exactly happened in those frantic minutes as the fire swept through the building we've heard various. theories and various statements of what people consider to be fact but which contradict each other earlier on it was posited that perhaps bars on the windows stopped people from escaping earlier on the police spokesman said that he only saw bars on one or two windows journalists are not currently allowed close enough to try and verify how many of those windows are easily accessible or not the locals say that it wasn't the kind of hospital that put people under medication and that nobody was under medication but spokesman again say that as far as they're concerned to think
that probably people were under medication there which obviously would have made it much harder for them to escape but we also spoke earlier to a fire safety expert who talked about some of the other complications there may have been. if there are no when all preventative measures are taken and the constant training and evacuation drills are held the amount of victims and material damage goes down dramatically in this situation limited opportunities for evacuation accounted for the poor response during the fire it's possible that personnel were unable to deal with so many people in need of panicking but the best to gates is that ideas have changed as they've gone through the wreckage they currently think the most likely explanation at the moment is that one of the patients there said by a local to be a recovering drug addict would like to see. in this hospital left
a cigarette burning on the sofa investigators say they're pretty sure that's where the fire started that has now been upgraded to that theory above a previous theory that it was probably an electrical fault or a short circuit that started the fire although investigators are not ruling that else ability out. well there have been similar deadly fires at russian medical facilities in recent years lindsey france takes a look back. there is a troubling legacy of this sort of thing taking place in this country most recently in two thousand and nine a republic of komi and an elderly care facility it was twenty three people in their lives in this blaze was very difficult to get out for many of these people being pensioners and relying on first responders to get out of the building and two thousand and seven in the city of tula at another elderly care home on november fourth thirty two people died now two hundred forty seven were able to escape with their lives in that blaze and then just
a year earlier about in december two thousand and six there was a very tragic weekend here in russia actually in siberia on december ninth when there was a fire at a mental hospital nine people died in that blaze two hundred fifteen escaped now just twenty four hours prior to this fire there was a loss of life to the tune of about forty five people who died in a drug treatment facility in moscow and they were gross safety violations in that case many of them dying from smoke inhalation many of the windows were barred and the exits were blocked or locked so unfortunately in some of these cases there are gross safety violations but when you're dealing with the medical facilities some of these patients are sedated at night so in order to get them out there need to be huge amounts of first responders to get them out of building so of course as this investigation proceeds in this this latest fire we're talking about today we'll we'll see if medication had anything to do with it or if they were gross safety violations. and we've got firsthand accounts from doctors that were in ford offices
and eyewitnesses the latest pictures from the scene of the blaze on our website it's just a click away for you this hour our two daughters. hundreds of young uns are heading to syria to join a radical militants that are fueling fears of how the e.u. should deal with them on their return to the blocks and territory for said this worrying trend is posing a serious threat to security in europe belgium has little crackdown on islamist networks arresting several individuals suspected of recruiting fight is tester or silly or has more. serious to you roll call for days already seem to spill over some neighboring countries but now it is extended far beyond that it's estimated that hundreds of europeans from fourteen countries mostly young men of those levels in syria and against a law sought london based international center for the study of radicalization put
the tall figure at six hundred. people here and there were built for the media coverage of the radicalization of young people as recently focused on one specific story that of a father in search of the son dimitri wanted sought him for a radical islam his group had gone to syria to join the fight father had gone although we think hoping to bring his son that. planes are flying overhead all the time when we are on the streets or inside a building we had a bomb was dropped on us i haven't had a contact with a year and we shoot him he's here in aleppo we spoke with dimitris lawyer who's a constant contact with him and he says the father is hell bent on finding his eighteen year old son euan we don't expect that he will send me to syria i think that's that's clear so that's also why didn't he. was eager to go yourself he said i want to do something for so
a son who started changing about three years ago the problem with to us that certain moment he was influenced by some rediculus to be made contact with some people on the streets and there was also a story about. told love. girlfriend and he didn't he didn't work out and there was some friends who say ok come with us and very slowly started it he was really influenced and really brave to us that that are the words of my client to grow beards and. started wearing other clothes. preaching for every five times a day things like that so it was a little bit awkward for some a fifteen sixteen years old so he was really under the influence of radical. radical people this be you had come into contact with the sharif or belgium or radical islam is a group whose leader followed belka some have been arrested for hate speech and
calls justifying the use of violence or there is a judgement day if you're if you're a muslim you'll you'll go to paradise if you're this believer you will go to hell terrorism expert glowed many cases the rise of radicalized us is alarming many of whom are easy prey the first. question is why they convert and usually they don't convert because due to make they convert because of a problem that's one moment in their life most of them have no clear political ideas and they go to fight because the fact and their goal is to fight if they were . meets listen to convince them. they could be in a sect because the trapped in the net of people who are strong fighting them and for convincing them that to be goodness thing they want to go to so you have to sign no return to protect you. authorities are paying even closer attention with
alert levels heightened while worried family members of some the youth fighting in syria have been calling for a clampdown on radical groups the best they could do short of going to syria themselves although that may not be completely out of the question does or sylvia r.t. antwerp in belgium. and i while the u.k. has been promising more support to the syrian rebels british volunteers joining the battle of put intelligence services on the alert now the u.k.'s foreign secretary william hague has warned those radicalized while fighting alongside islamist militants could launch terror attacks when they come back home let's take a look at some of the figures are summed up in a report by king's college london here come the numbers here on r.t. for you among all european countries the u.k. has seen the largest contingent of its citizens having to fight in syria at this since the beginning of two thousand and eleven or the numbers range anything though from a t eight to one hundred and thirty four and from seventeen to seventy seven brits
are still there on the battlefield. managing the network called against violent extremism he says the u.k. and other e.u. members should focus on monitoring those returning with combat experience in radical groups. there is a threat which emanates from those individuals who have been radicalized overseas and come back because they will be far more effective terrorist operators than individuals just radicalizing in their front room because they want to receive training in terms of what the what the europeans can do to counter this threat and it's very important for them to monitor not just people leaving but almost more so the individuals coming back because we've seen this happen before and in afghanistan in the eighty's was in the ninety's in iraq in the two thousand that those individuals have gone overseas receive combat training and come back. to go and do the same and also can provide training and leadership to organizations which
which wish to cause harm to europe there's this pretty elements involved in people becoming extremists there's a grievance element there's an ideology element and then there is the capacity to actually carry out attacks and we've seen great work done in terms of capacity the security services take care of that and in terms of grievance we have seen some work in europe to bring these communities closer to the stage but that middle section is missing. order still to come here on auty with the u.k. echoing america's claims that there's evidence of syrian troops using chemical weapons examine whether in all these statements have any basis. by looking for the way i jailed member of the pussy riot punk band is hoping to see her two year sentence cut short this set of parole hearing in central russia we have the latest from the court in just a moment. wealthy
to the international and in the very heart of moscow. from moscow this is the britain has echoed the claims coming from the united states saying it has a growing evidence syrian troops have used chemical weapons with london announcing it's extremely serious some in washington claim the red line has now been crossed by the assad government this says damascus blame syrian rebels for a chemical attack near aleppo this march and remains a resolute that it's all me has never used such weapons. reports. it's got to be said though that as yet there is no hard evidence although there be these numerous accusations that what we saw very quickly the u.k. foreign office echoing the u.s. claims saying that they have limited persuasive evidence that chemical weapons had been used at school that here in britain there have been soil samples that have
been tested one of the science laboratories and that there have been some results from that but of course there is a growing questions a very exact he was hard evidence is it cools you can steal my back to what happened with iraq where the evidence that was provided was that at a later date showing to be insubstantial and of course i was a huge embarrassment for the u.k. government and not something that they're going to want to repeat now is serious of course the u.s. and the u.k. are going to be very wary of basing any decisions now on that evidence until there are stronger facts that are uncovered that you know the u.k. again agrees to the u.s. the use of chemical weapons would represent a red line because it's incredibly hard to know exactly what it is this being used the u.s. claim that they've got evidence of the nerve agent sarin that's being this being nice but then you have damascus saying that they have evidence of the rebels are using that same agents we saw after the attack in aleppo this week
a claim and counterclaim between damascus and the rebel groups and we've had the syrian information minister say that in the attack that happened in aleppo that the the weapons that could have possibly come from turkey then of course you have the rebels accusing the government you've got. given by a rebel commander recently saying that actually defect is within the syrian army of being lost by some of the rebel groups to stay where they are to ensure that all the vehicles in that chemical weapons weren't going to fall into the hands of extremists and of course the likes of the recent statements and the prime minister here in the u.k. echo. well the u.s. is that it has to be said that there is no hard evidence yet the chemical weapons have actually been used in the country and i think that highlights really why it's a vital and why there's been so much action to try and get the u.n. investigated that on the ground to try and get some of this verification because of
course very hard to base very important decisions about what will be the next steps the countries like the u.s. and the k. without the hard evidence to base decisions on. we've lined up the best stories and pictures for you one line at r.t. dot com let's have a quick glimpse at some of them she was posted if you this hour of the suspected attackers of the boston marathon it will reportedly planning to carry out another bombing this time though in new york's times square. and another story just a quick away hounded fall sharing giant pirate bay now seeking exile in iceland relocating its was there from greenland full story on. our streets of bangladesh to open up the aussie world update now and rescuers have located fifty survivors trapped in the rubble of the eight story factory building which collapsed earlier this week killing three hundred at the same time hundreds of thousands of morning factory workers clashed with police over the tragedy of
security forces used tear gas and rubber bullets as roads were blockaded textile factories attacked the authorities have come under fire for negligence after it was revealed factories in the doomed building continued to run despite noticeable cracks in the wards. gunman election convoy in the southern philippines late on thursday killing thirteen and wounding ten local mayors daughter and relatives were among the victims police say the attack was carried out by fifteen assailants possibly from a rival clan a jury in the country's two thousand and nine elections more than fifty died in polling violence including thirty two journalists. the taliban's continuing its assaults in the run up to pakistan's general election this time leaving six dead and nine injured in double attacks on polling stations and five were killed and eight injured when a bomb on a motorcycle went off in karachi that was on thursday evening earlier in the day
another office was hit by a grenade calls for a general strike against the wave of pre-election violence probusiness to a standstill in karate on friday. the hunger strike by maids in the notorious guantanamo bay prison now officially reaching ninety seven nineteen currently being force fed the lawyers for the prisoners claim those figures have been much much higher as some inmates have been starving themselves for nearly eighty days so over abuse of rights and their indefinite detention without charge and the obama administration's recently announced plans to keep the facility open despite mounting reports of abuses. iraqi authorities say troops backed by tanks are free taking control of a sunni town north of the capital baghdad gunmen seized the area on thursday after a firefight with security forces if there was a spate of violence since u.s. troops pulled out in twenty year levon and there were fears the situation could
only deteriorate further deepening political turmoil has left the shiite dominated government deadlocked in its efforts to rule a country made up of radically different groups. just got back from iraq told my colleague all about the unrest. iraq is a country that is divided into three major areas you have for example over here this is the largely sunni provinces over here is the semi autonomous kurdish region below which are certain disputed areas and this is the largely shia area of iraq now the incidents the latest wave of violence really began new york your kook this is close to the town of who we are where demonstrators have been camped out for several months now on tuesday things came to a bloody boiling point when the government forces had raided the area the government says that the protesters had opened fire the demonstrators meanwhile say that these security officials are the ones who opened fire first the result of
which was at least fifty people killed and hundreds wounded now why the protesters were in here in all these areas to sunni areas and sit back down now they've basically been protesting against the government they say that the policies of prime minister nuri al maliki this is the shiite led government has resulted in their oppression this is what they say and news of the attacks there in the region had spread very quickly and that's what's behind this latest spate of violence we saw attacks and mozo in other areas north of baghdad in the anbar province and people feel that this was perhaps retribution perhaps basically just the straw that broke the camel's back with essentially largely peaceful demonstrations turning into now violent escalations and expressions of outrage frankly in order for things to essentially deescalate there has to be changes in policy as we were in fallujah talking to the protesters they feel that the way the very structure of the government this is a sectarian government this is part of the constitution that has been written in
large part with the help of the u.s. that divides iraq i mean it divides iraq constitutionally and these protesters say that unless there's a change in policies they're not going to stop coming out they're not going to go back to their homes and stop these demonstrations and the impetus for this violence right now has been the physical clashes that took place and i don't really see a situation where the protesters will just say ok we're done we're going to go home now they want massive change. one of the jailed pussy riot band members is hoping to win release from prison today. his parole hearing is currently on a what under way in central russia should you receive a two year sentence for hooliganism last summer for groups impromptu performance at moscow's christ the savior cathedral. is watching proceedings let's talk to him live right now alexey good to see you what is the latest from the parole parole hearing any decision being made good on. one of the facts any kind of decision
could be made any moment the judge went into her chambres to deliver the decision in fact the whole process was going rather smooth and routine and we expected a quick decision in fact which should have happened early in the day until the prison officials had their say and their stance corresponded with that of the prosecution they said that does not admit her guilt and it is too early to let her walk free that's when her defense went all out attack and for the last three and a half four hours we've been witnessing basically this tussle between the defense and the officials of the britain where spending her time in central russia now obviously the stance of the defending lawyers is that she's already some time she has. to take care off and she could be hired she has already had several job offers even despite being behind bars and that's according to the lawyers from the legal point of view makes her eligible for parole definitely it's interesting to see with
could actually walk free it's not going to happen today if even if the judge delivers a positive decision it might take some several more weeks but she may be joining you taking the some would say to the other member of the punk band pussy riot who is already on parole since last year and we also know that the third members of third member of the band her plea for parole will be reviewed late in may right on to selected a ship's thank you. art or we are coming to you live from the heart of moscow this is our just a moment on the world's most cutting edge inventions technology update after the break. misty's see. him know this is not a fifty's beside fi movie slogan it is what a.b.c.
news is trying to find out when they investigated how lean finally textured beef is produced this type of quote beef has become very widespread throughout fast food restaurants and supermarkets in the usa and has led to its south dakota based manufacturer posting profits in the hundreds of millions of dollars but so what's wrong with some processed beefy might ask well the reporting showed that ammonia and other rough chemicals were doused on to the meat to kill e-coli bacteria and make it safe for consumption although this product is for some reason legal the films have power to create public backlash and many companies gave up ordering the mysteriously unfairly took should be ok while the mainstream media for once actually did something valuable for society and what did they get in return sued yeah the pink slime crew decided to sue a.b.c. news and force them not to divulge their company's secrets as well as punish them for defamation against their product which led to profit losses and guess what they won the lawsuit well defaming products that on mass could destroy the health of
hello and welcome to technology update living in our computerized world everything is driven by the push to be both smaller and faster at this time nowhere is this more evident than with the crim dollar crim or supercomputers if you like the world's fastest from just a decade ago wouldn't even crack the top five hundred today super computers are actually a part of our everyday lives even if we aren't aware of it for example at places like russia's main media or logical center these powerful machines are put to the test every day to crunch unthinkable amounts of data in order to give us a better glimpse of what weather awaits us they can be used for planning flights more efficiently and for getting a jump on potentially dangerous storms before they're obvious in the skies above the performance of such complex calculators as measured in flops or floating operations per second the most recent addition to rose hydra meds arsenal here is capable of up to thirty five teraflops or thirty five trillion calculations per
second but the number of data points constantly on the rise researchers are in constant need of more processing punch. every two years new systems appear that have the same form factor that is they take up the same amount of space and most importantly they use the same amount of energy but have twenty to thirty times more processing power than previous generations. computers as we know them got their start in one thousand nine hundred one but convert to say c three that was followed by the a.b.c. computer which employed vacuum tubes to implement the switches over computers didn't become super. until nine hundred sixty five. sixty six hundred it's a slippery definition but its ability to perform tasks ten times faster than anything before. the first supercomputer at the same time engineers put the finishing touches on the six. hertz clock speed.
per second. rate cannot with the first computer. has been considered the father of supercomputing in the. other side of the iron curtain. with the processor. and fast forward to today and only if countries are capable of producing computers of truly superpower the us has been and probably will continue to be the top dog here accounting for around half the names in the most recent power following a tough time in the one nine hundred ninety s. russia has made a major resurgent over the past decade although it hasn't been a straight shot to the top the direction is clear for machines in the top five hundred.